Postgraduate Course: Education Policy (PGSP11439)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Education has gone through several enormous transformations in the last half century, in common with public services more generally. This course investigates key trends in education policy within the UK and from a comparative perspective, the political debates which have accompanied them and the impact educational policy has had on individuals and society. We will engage with perennial questions in education policy debates: the interplay between education, the economy and democracy; the relationship between educational opportunity, social diversity and inequality; the role of the state, the market and the individual within new forms of educational governance; and the future of national education policy within an increasingly international policy field.
Introduction: what is education for?
Education, skills and the economy
Education and equality - philosophical perspectives
Equality, opportunity and social mobility - sociological perspectives
Selective vs. comprehensive schooling
Culture, knowledge and the curriculum
Choice, diversity and competition - policy trends in education governance
The role of the OECD in education policy
The future of national education policy
Each of the topics is dealt with through a lecture and a seminar discussion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||There are two components to the assessment:
(1) 1,000-word policy brief (worth 25% of final marks), due by about the middle of the semester. The policy brief should be based on one of several research reports which will be provided to you by the end of the second week of the semester.
(2) 3,000-word essay (worth 75% of final marks), due by about three weeks after the end of the semester. The essay topics will be provided to you by the end of the sixth week of the semester.
||Feedback is provided on the first item of assessment noted below, well before the deadline for the second assessment. The main form of feedback is through the discussion that takes place at the seminars noted in 1c.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Critically evaluate the nature of education as a social institution
- analyse objectively the deeply controversial issues that provoke debates about educational policy by engaging with different points of view and empirical evidence;
- critically assess the importance of power in the governance of and practice of education;
- seek systematically to understand the relationship between education and social diversity;
- conceptualise the relationship between education and democracy.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Ms Anna Pultar
Tel: (0131 6)51 1478
|Course secretary||Miss Jemma Auns
Tel: (0131 6) 50 24 56